Local Man Pleads Guilty to Causing Serious Environmental Harm

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A local businessman who thought he could illegally dump nearly 2000 tyres without being caught was today fined $23,800 plus additional costs of almost $17,000

Paul Angelo McNally pleaded guilty in Darwin Local Court to polluting the environment which resulted in serious environmental harm as well as conducting an activity without an environment protection licence to do so.

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) director of environmental operations, Peter Vasel, today welcomed McNally’s decision to plead guilty and subsequent fine issued by Local Court Judge Alan Woodcock.

“Today’s outcome sends a very strong message that if you break the Territory’s strong environment laws you will be caught and face prosecution,” Mr Vasel said.

“Everyone has an obligation to comply with NT’s environmental laws and matters brought to our attention will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

“In this particular instance, we are thankful for the tip off we received from the public about this illegal activity, which prevented additional environmental harm.

“The penalties handed out today by the court is a message to all, that we must protect our ancient and fragile environment which all Territorians enjoy and goes to show illegal activity can be a costly exercise.

“McNally dumped the tyres at Livingstone and Darwin River between 2017 and 2019 with total disregard for any consequences of his actions on the environment.”

Today’s outcome concludes a 2-year court case.

Anyone with information about any pollution incidents is reminded to contact the NT EPA Pollution Hotline on 1800 064 567 so that they can be investigated and appropriate action taken to prevent harm on the environment.

Burnt Tyres at Hay Rd
Burnt tyres at Hay Road

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